Woman arrested for extortion, father still at large

Suspect was running a network along with her father, says CTD.

PESHAWAR: The Counter-Terrorism Department has arrested a woman for her alleged involvement in extortion cases.

The CTD said the woman had extorted money from businessmen and her father was also involved in the crime. She was also accused of throwing a threatening letter into a house seeking a huge sum of money.

The CTD identified the woman as Maryum and said search had been launched for the arrest of her father. She and her father we’re running a network to extort money from different people, it added. 

According to a document of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), since 2014 at least 51 women have been found involved in different heinous cases.

Of these women, 30 were found involved in terrorism, 13 in kidnapping for ransom and three in target killing cases.

Moreover, two women were involved in extortion cases, and three others in terror financing.

Imran Shahid, the DIG of the department, said involvement of women in heinous cases was a challenge for law enforcement agencies but efforts were ongoing to bring such criminals to book.

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